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09 December 2019

BDH interim clinical director receives national audit award

Scott Deacon, interim clinical director at Bristol Dental Hospital, recently received the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership's (HQIP) clinical practitioner of the year award for his work as clinical project lead for the Cleft Registry and Audit Network (CRANE). 

Scott Deacon, interim clinical director at Bristol Dental Hospital

The awards formed part of Clinical Audit Awareness Week, which aim to promote and celebrate the benefits and impact of clinical audit and quality improvement work in healthcare. Scott's award specifically praised his success in championing participation and engagement on the expansion of the CRANE database and linking it with other national data sets to explore the wider impact of having a cleft. He has also contributed in the development of national guidelines in this area.

CRANE was set up in 2000 with the aim to collect information about those born with a lift lip and/or palate, including their treatment and the outcomes. In doing so, they are working with partner organisations and national colleagues to understand the prevalence of cleft lips and palates in children, and to continually develop the way this condition is treated and managed across the country. Since its creation, CRANE has registered over 20,000 children born with cleft lip and/or palate, linked to educational outcomes to show the impact of a cleft on school achievement, and impacted national guidelines on examining palates in new born babies. You can find out more about CRANE on their website: